EU Juggernaut, FRANCE and Germany are plotting to merge borders, economies and defense policies in the latest step towards an EU super-state.
The neighboring EU countries are to forge together policies in areas including terrorism and transport in an unprecedented “twinning” pact just two months before the UK is due to leave the European Union.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on January 22 in the spa city of Aachen, a town symbolic for its common history as well as location on the border.
The treaty extension, negotiated over the past year though short on details, stipulates that it will be a priority of German-French diplomacy for Germany to be accepted as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Under the plans, ministers will also be able to join in on each other’s Cabinet meetings. There are also aims to promote closer cooperation between national intelligence services and police in fighting terrorism and organized crime.
Other areas of cooperation include culture, health, innovation and transport.
In Paris, Macron’s office said the Elysee Treaty extension would help both European powers tackle “the challenges they will be confronted with in the 21st century”.
The two governments will agree to hold “regular consultations on all levels before major European meetings, and take care to establish common positions and issue joint statements.
The same unity could happen to the veto right of both nations in the UN, which changes the majority vote balance, giving Russia and China more power @ the institution.
Germany’s appointment to the UN Security Council could cause some issues in Brussels, where it is felt that it should be awarded to the EU.
The Sun / ABC Flash Point EU News 2019.